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Construction Worker Killed in SoHo Crane Accident: Police

It was the third time in less than a week that a construction worker was killed on the job

A construction worker died early Saturday in SoHo when a counterweight on a crane fell on him, police said. 

It was the third time in less than a week that a construction worker in New York City was killed on the job. 

Gregory Echevarria, 34, of Brooklyn, was pronounced dead at the construction on Varick Street between Broome and Dominick streets. He was crushed shortly after 3 a.m.

Varick Street was closed for much of the day between Vandam Street and the Holland Tunnel due to the investigation. It reopened late Saturday afternoon. 

Two other people suffered minor injuries and were taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, firefighters said. 

The crane itself didn't collapse, according to the Department of Buildings. Workers were erecting the crane when the counterweight fell. 

Under construction is a new 25-story residential building project at 570 Broome Street, the DOB said. The agency issued a stop work order. 

The tragedy capped a deadly week for New York City's construction industry.

Nelson Salinas, 51, was killed by falling debris on Monday as he was working on facade repairs at an apartment building on Manhattan's East Side.

Erik Mendoza, 23, was working on the roof of a 13-story building in Brooklyn when he fell to his death on Wednesday.

"No building is worth a life," Buildings Department spokesman Andrew Rudansky said. "Every worker who leaves for the job site in the morning deserves to come home safely at night."

Rudansky said the department is investigating all three deaths and "will hold accountable anyone in the construction industry who endangers workers or the public."

-The Associated Press contributed to this report

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